Disney Cruise Line Guests Fall 2024

The fun of fall and winter holidays will meet the magic of Disney Cruise Line in late 2024 with the return of Halloween on the High Seas and Very Merrytime Cruises. With rare itineraries to Hawaii and the South Pacific and more opportunities to visit Disney's newest island destination in The Bahamas, families will have the chance to experience the fall seasons at sea in new and exciting ways.

Halloween on the High Seas

Halloween on the High Seas returns to Disney Cruise Line in mid-September through October 2024. This season of extra-special sailings will bring the fun of Halloween to guests on select cruises across the fleet with a host of added entertainment. Families will dress up and join Disney characters in their Halloween costumes; dance the night away at a spooky celebration on the upper decks; enjoy spinetingling themed food and beverages; and immerse themselves in a ghostly ship takeover with elaborate décor and a magical Pumpkin Tree.

From Port Canaveral, Florida, the Disney Wish will sail three- and four-night Bahamian voyages full of frightful fun, while the Disney Fantasy will offer these special themed cruises with lengths varying from four, six and seven nights. Four- and six-night sailings on board the Disney Fantasy will take families to The Bahamas, while seven-night escapes will transport guests to fan-favorite destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean.

The Disney Magic will depart from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on vacations ranging from three to five nights to tropical destinations in The Bahamas and Caribbean. Select sailings on both the Disney Magic and the Disney Fantasy will include a chance for families to discover fun and relaxation at Disney Cruise Line's newest destination in The Bahamas. Located on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point, this vibrant beach retreat will be a unique celebration of Bahamian culture brought to life with the quality and service of a Disney vacation.

Very Merrytime Cruises

From mid-November through December 2024, the Disney Cruise Line fleet will be decked from bow to stern with holiday cheer and entertainment during Very Merrytime Cruises. Holiday magic will be unwrapped for the whole family with joyful holiday décor; favorite characters in their finest festive attire; themed activities that are merry and bright; and celebrations on deck that are full of holiday spirit.

Families who want to spend the most wonderful time of the year with Disney Cruise Line will have opportunities to sail from two home ports in Florida, as well as a selection of cruises from Galveston, Texas.

Short holiday getaways will be offered from both home ports in the Sunshine State, with a selection of three- and four-night Bahamian Very Merrytime voyages on the Disney Wish from Port Canaveral and four- and five-night cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale aboard the Disney Dream.

The Disney Fantasy will also embark a variety of four-night Very Merrytime sailings to The Bahamas, along with longer six- and seven-night itineraries in November and December. Select voyages on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy will include a day of fun in the sun along the white sand beaches of Disney Cruise Line's newest destination at Lighthouse Point during the holiday season.

Cheerful cruises from Galveston aboard the Disney Magic will range in length from four to six nights, allowing families to celebrate the holiday season together while visiting tropical ports of call throughout the Caribbean.

Special Sailings to Hawaii and the South Pacific

In addition to the festive themed sailings, Disney Cruise Line guests can experience bucket-list itineraries in late 2024. The Disney Wonder will sail from Vancouver, Canada, to Honolulu, Hawaii, in late September with stops on the islands of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii before arriving in Oahu. From Hawaii, the Disney Wonder will embark on a transpacific voyage to Sydney, Australia, that will take families through the South Pacific to visit once-in-a-lifetime destinations such as Fiji, American Samoa and New Caledonia.

Disney Cruise Line will then set sail on its second season of vacations from Australia and New Zealand, bringing the magic of Disney close to home for local families in the region.

Promoting the Beauty of Keelung in Taiwan to Korea

The Keelung City Government is expected to promote Keelung tourism at L.A.D. Seoul on June 17, 2023, intending to showcase the splendid scenery of Keelung mountains and seas, such as Chaojing Park, Wangyou Valley, and Chengbin Fishing Harbor Colorful Houses, to the Korean people. The promotion team will also prepare Korean language promotion materials so that the Korean people can get to know more about Keelung. Eventgoers will also be invited to join "Keelung Tourism Facebook Page" to receive an adorable and practical wood pulp cotton souvenir featuring the imagery of Keelung's local food.

In recent years, the Keelung city government has been actively promoting tourism to the Korean market, hoping to introduce Keelung, a mountainous harbor city with the best cruise ship homeport in Asia, to the Korean public and let them know about Keelung's rich tourism resources and splendid nature, such as the Waimushan Seaside Scenic Area, which was selected as one of the "Top 10 Attractive Waters" in Taiwan, and the Heping Island Park, which is rated as one of the 21 most beautiful sunrise scenes in the world, etc. What's more, for Korean foodies who love Taiwanese food, a visit to Keelung's Miaokou Night Market can practically cover almost all of Taiwan's classic culinary delights, offering a rich travel experience for those who visit Keelung, Taiwan.

Therefore, in addition to the on-site activities on June 17, the Keelung City Government is also actively participating in Korean tourism exchange and other promotional activities, hoping to let the Korean people get to know Keelung and become familiar with the city. The Keelung City Government also warmly welcomes Korean tourists to visit Keelung and explore this charming city full of pleasant surprises.

Photo: Chengbin Fishing Harbor Colorful Houses

Poison Ivy and Oak Are Thriving in 2023

Poison ivy and oak, the notorious plants that have long plagued outdoor enthusiasts, are growing faster and larger than ever. Why? Give thanks to a super-soaked spring. In addition, rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere act as a natural fertilizer. This was shown in a 6-year study at Duke University. It revealed a direct correlation between the increasing levels of CO2 in the air and the flourishing growth of poison ivy and poison oak.

But what does this mean for those who venture into nature? It means we must exercise extra caution to avoid the wrath of these insidious plants. The allergic reaction caused by contact with the oily resin, urushiol, can turn a peaceful hike into a blistering nightmare.

To prevent the spread of this rash-causing oil, it is crucial to remove it from the skin as soon as possible. Moreover, be ultra aware of secondary contamination. Urushiol can stay active on surfaces for years, leading to unexpected rashes when touching items that have been in contact with the plant.

The poison oak and ivy experts behind Tecnu have your back, however. Tecnu Detox Wipes are generously sized poison ivy wipes that can be used immediately after exposure to the plant. They remove the noxious toxins before the rash has even started. You can also use them on equipment, like your shoes or mountain bike, to prevent secondary contamination.

But what about your entire body? The first step in poison ivy treatment for your entire body is Tecnu Original Outdoor Skin Cleanser. It's the original product for poison plant contact dermatitis. Tecnu Original breaks the bond urushiol has with skin, so it can be washed off.

Our furry friends can unwittingly become carriers of this itchy menace. Although it doesn't affect their health, urushiol can cling to their fur, waiting to transfer its uncomfortable consequences to unsuspecting pet owners. Tecnu Original and Tecnu Detox Wipes are both effective methods of removing the oil from your pet's fur.

Sleep Company Dreams Up First Sleep Hotels in Australia and Taiwan

Emma — The Sleep Company is embracing the flourishing trend of sleep tourism by opening two bespoke sleep hotels: one in Sydney, Australia and the other in Taipei, Taiwan. As more travelers seek out a truly restful experience during their vacation, these unique hotels provide a revolutionary travel experience on two different continents.

Sleep has become a recurring topic of concern and interest since the onset of the pandemic. In a study conducted by the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, it was discovered that 40% of respondents reported a decline in sleep quality compared to the pre-COVID-19 period. The global health crisis has undoubtedly affected people's sleep patterns and highlighted the importance of restful slumber for overall well-being.

By embracing sleep tourism, travel enthusiasts can now satisfy their wanderlust while also nurturing their physical and mental well-being. Sleep tourism fosters an appreciation for the importance of relaxation and rejuvenation, acknowledging the crucial role that sleep plays in sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

"At Emma, we believe that a great night's sleep should be accessible to everyone" said Dr. Dennis Schmoltzi, Co-Founder and CEO of Emma – The Sleep Company. "We're immensely proud to be the first sleep brand to open its own dedicated sleep hotels in Australia and Taiwan. Our goal is to offer travelers the chance to immerse themselves in relaxing environments with award-winning Emma sleep products, and to unlock the transformative power of rest for their overall well-being."

Introducing the Emma Sleep Hotel in Sydney

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the Snoreman, setting the tone for a memorable and sleep-focused adventure. The Rest-Ception area provides a cozy space for guests to settle in and unwind, and an onsite snooze-ologist will be available to provide personalized 1:1 sleep consultations, offering valuable insights and guidance to optimize guests' sleep habits. Every room is kitted out with Emma's award-winning mattresses and beds, and a sleep-inspired movie catalogue is available onscreen. Guests are also invited to select their perfect Emma pillow based on their preferences. On the hotel's roof terrace, the immersive experience continues with custom cocktails based on Emma's sleep expertise. Throughout the hotel, a calming playlist provides the perfect ambient backdrop for relaxation and enjoyment.

Emma Sleep Hotel in Taipei

Emma is collaborating with Monka Hotel in Taipei to introduce the first Emma Sleep Hotel in Asia. Situated close to the iconic Longshan Temple, the hotel underwent a complete transformation under Emma's supervision. Not even the exterior of the building remains untouched — it was painted to resemble one of Emma's iconic delivery boxes, setting the tone for the unique experience within. Every room within the hotel is fitted with award-winning Emma products, ranging from the beds to the pillows, ensuring a truly immersive Emma sleep experience for all guests from beginning to end.

About Emma – The Sleep Company:

Emma – The Sleep Company is a founder-managed company and the world's leading Direct-to-consumer sleep brand. Founded in 2013 by Dr. Dennis Schmoltzi and Manuel Mueller in Germany, the company is active in more than 30 countries and achieved a turnover of EUR 873 million (USD 869 million) in 2022, a growth rate of 35 percent from the previous year. Emma® products are sold via an omnichannel approach, including D2C/online, marketplaces, and more than 3,500 brick-and-mortar stores. Emma successfully collaborates with over 200 retailers. Emma's 1,000+ team members are working across the world, with offices in Frankfurt (Germany), Manila (Philippines), Lisbon (Portugal), Mexico City (Mexico), and Shanghai (China).